CNN’s Critical counties: Prince William, Virginia, a long-term warning to the GOP

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CNN takes a look at the Virgina county of Prince William as one that will be key to Hillary Clinton’s hopes of winning the state.


A very wealthy suburban county in the traditional swing state of Virginia, Prince William once voted Republican. But over the last 15 or so years, its population has changed. Wealth and diversity have flourished outside of Washington, D.C.

Prince William has become a majority-minority district, voting largely Democratic for the past few cycles.

Signs bode well here for Hillary Clinton. Not only is it lacking the white working class populations on which Donald Trump has built his base, it is also home to a disproportionate number of government workers who are quite familiar with her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine. The Democratic vice presidential nominee is a Virginian who speaks Spanish, like a lot of Prince William residents. According to data from Google Trends, Prince William was the top county searching about immigration and the phrase “en ingles.”


CNN Editor’s Note:Critical Counties is a CNN series exploring 11 counties around the country that chief national correspondent John King has identified as key in the 2016 election. These counties could play an outsize role in the election and offer an instructive example of what the political parties have accomplished. Stark County is the fifth county in the series, which runs through Election Day. Explore the other critical counties.